Welcome to Susie Dove Graphics and Web Design.
I am dedicated to helping you achieve the next level in your business identity, graphic design, web design and marketing.
Whether it’s just refreshing a tired look, or starting from scratch to create your entire identity portfolio, I’m here to help give your business the advertising and graphics boost it needs.
Covering all aspects of;
Web design: Specialising in WORDPRESS sites that break out of the box!! E-commerce, SEO, site design and construction, css, xhtml, hosting, domain names, social network integration. Lets get your site to the next level!
Graphic art: branding & logo design, newspaper & magazine advertising, business cards, flyers, brochures, posters, CD covers...
Professional photography, & Music videos: pre and post production.
With University training and a solid base of 17 years as a visual artist, I approach all my work with an eye for colour, form, balance and visual harmony.
I liase strongly with my clients to ensure you get the look and feel you’re after. All this within your budget.
I pride myself on designing unique and unusual websites that break away from the typical boring sites that populate the web. I like to think of them as works of art, as well as being functional, seach engine friendly, easy to navigate and html and css compliant.
Most sites I build these days are created with WORDPRESS. The flexibility and functionality has really improved in recent years. I can build you a basic starter site for as little as $300. Or we can go the whole way and create a behemoth ranging from $1500 up to $4000.
SEO is a major component, and keyword analysis is really improtant in getting your search engine ranking. (However I have a few partners specializing in SEO who can really get your site ranking up there with Google etc). I can help you write your copy, or simply "edit for web" to get it reaching your target audience and speaking their language.
Here is a selection of recent websites I have built. (To go to live sites click on small grey arrow bottom right of each image)
Print media, from logos to the whole branding package including; business cards, DL flyers, banners, letterheads, magnets...
You name it I can put it together for you, with style and affordablility. Click on am image to see enlargments & futher images in the range.
What to do to get started?
Do as much of your own research as possible first. Collect any images you want to use, bookmark sites you like or that have elements your would like to see on your own website. Fine tune your text, have a look at other projects in the same theme to get an idea of what to say.
If you have good idea what you would like the project to look like, then it's a lot easier for me to transfom those ideas into reality. But if not, we can work together to find the look and feel that suits you. I have access to extensive quality royalty free image banks to source the images you need.
Once you think you're ready, get in touch to organise a quote and let me know the time-frame and budget you're hoping the project will fall into.
Projects usually come in on budget (unless you change your mind over and over, this pushes the price up - charged on an hourly rate, however I go all out to ensure you're happy with the look and functionality of your site), and my pricing schedule is very affordable. I also pride myself in meeting even the tightest deadline.
Don't be shy and give me a ring soon.
I was born in Sydney and grew up around Narrabeen on Sydneys Northern Beaches.
After a stint at James Cook Uni studying Marine Biology in Townsville, Far Nth Qld, I decided that Art was the way to the heart, and through creating visual beauty and harmony I could be more effective in bringing my gifts and talents to the world.
I then travelled to Broome WA where I had many adventures including living on an Aboriginal commnity for a year, working as a governess on a station and working as a deckhand on a pearl farm.
The light and colour in Broome got me painting and I participarted in numerous exhibitions.
However the call to the east coast was strong and I returned to the Byron Shire in the mid 1990's.
My father Peter Handran-Smith worked for many years as a graphic designer, and I remember spending time as a child playing with his letraset and old photographic dark rooms etc, I suppose this was my inspiration to go into the field of graphic design myself.
I completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Southern Cross Uni in 2000, with major electives in Computer Graphics, Painting and Ceramics.
After this I embarked on a Web Design Aprenticeship with web wizard Dennis Wilcox who created the successful byronbaynow.com.
Since that time I have been working as a Freelance Graphic and Web Designer. I am constantly updating my skills and keeping abreast of the constantly changing technology in this industry.
I bring my eye for beauty, colour and form to my work, and feel I am so lucky to be working in a job which I find stimulating and challenging, where I can help people take their business to the next level, and use my artistic creativity to add beauty and visual harmony to the big bad web. For this I am grateful.
I mostly use:
Wordpress (Highly Proficient)
Adobe Photoshop (Highly Proficient)
Adobe Illustrator (Proficient)
Dreamweaver (Highly Proficient)
Hand code XHTML (Proficient)
Java Script (Intermediate).
Feel free to call me at my Mullumbimby Studio 9-5 monday to friday on (02) 66 844 459 to ask for a quote or discuss your web design and graphics needs.
Distance needn't be a barrier. With email, skype and screenshare, I have clients who I've never met fact to face, but have worked with extensively. Do still contact me if you like my work but think you live too far away.
You can drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the form on the right.
I look forward to hearing from you..!